The Arts: More important than economics

I’ve seen a lot of commentary lately stating how important the arts are to the economy, how important artists are to employers in our current economy. While this might be true, I fear more important and enduring reasons for supporting the arts are being forgotten in the rush to justify them to our modern culture. Recording culture, asking difficult questions, exploring feelings that words cannot express or simply creating for the sake of beauty are all more valuable to individuals and society-at-large than propping up the GDP.

While I understand why organizations are leaning this way in their communications, the best of the arts just isn’t precisely quantifiable — despite our American desire to evaluate everything with numbers and hard data.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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